September often brings the first reminders that change is on the way. As I drove through the Potosi Ranger District last week, I noted a few trees were beginning their colorful change.

The old mill dam at the Marble Creek Recreation Area is a favorite swimming hole. Mark Twain National Forest maintains a campground and picnic areas at Marble Creek. Camping is $10 per night (single sites) and $20 per night (double sites). A $2 per vehicle day-use fee covers parking and picnicking for those visitors who are not camping. (Photo courtesy USDA Forest Service)

Sycamore leaves are turning a light yellow-brown and a few black gums and sumacs are beginning to show reddish hues. September is also the time when cooler temperatures begin to arrive. The first stretch of cool, crisp nights is a harbinger for firewood permit requests.

Firewood cutting is a tradition for many families. Mark Twain National Forest offers permits to cut firewood from areas located within closed timber sale units or other national forest areas with down timber. Permits allow an individual to cut up to four cords of wood.

We are changing the way we manage our firewood cutting program to improve customer service. Firewood permits can now be purchased from the Potosi office from Sept. 1 to March 1 on Mondays and Thursdays, or by appointment.

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